I want the absolute best, most bombproof compact umbrella available
March 26, 2013 7:03 AM Subscribe
What is the best compact umbrella I can buy?
posted by bondcliff to Shopping (20 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
It should be compact enough to fit into a backpack, around a foot long or smaller. It doesn't need to be pocket sized. It should open and close easily, preferably with one hand. It should not turn inside out in anything less than a hurricane. It should shed water. It should have a nice handle. It should be large enough when open to keep me dry but not so large as to annoy everyone around me. I'm not going to go golfing with the thing.
Basic black is fine.
Cost isn't an issue as long as I'm paying for quality and not a name or a gimmick. This is an investment in my sanity.
It should be available on Amazon or a decent on-line store. I don't want to have to go to some secret umbrella shop in an alley somewhere.
The most recent AskMe thread looking for an umbrella is over five years old. Surely umbrella technology has improved since then, what with the space station and nanotechnology and Moore's Law and all.
Seriously, you guys, I want the All Clad of compact Umbrellas. The Roles Royce of Bumbershoots. The Stradivarius of... fold up... rain shield thingies. I want an amazing fucking umbrella.